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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Aesthetically, the Rogue has become a lot more interesting, morphing from a fairly featureless blob of a crossover to something that shows some teeth.
we think the oddly jacked-up rear end is the Rogue's most awkward angle.
The Nissan family look is in full force, with more than a passing resemblance to the bigger Pathfinder that's evident from every angle.
the front and profile look great, though there's some awkwardness to the rear end.
Design-wise the Rogue stands fairly equal to its biggest competitors
The Rogue embraces a new styling theme, one that dresses up its familiar proportions with more interesting surfaces and frankly, a more mass-market appeal.
Nissan's done a positively Honda-like job in the past few years, evolving styling in gradual steps to remove the odder flourishes of the past. Remember the last Rogue's crazy grille treatments? They're broomed. There's a more straightforward grille bracketed by angled chrome bars and braced by LED running lamps. The side and fender sculpting's borrowed some lessons from the wild Juke--and clearly has seen the latest Santa Fe and CX-5, from the look of the chamfered taillamps. All the details push the Rogue's corners in more evocative directions than the plainer first-generation crossover.
Inside, Nissan has delivered a more handsomely finished interior, one with higher-quality materials. It's not damning it with faint praise, to call it elegantly ordinary. It's laid out for quick perception, with round knobs for climate control and audio framing a center stack with an LCD monitor, and a cowl over the gauges balanced out by a slight dip over a pair of slim vents. It's not wildly conceived with all-touch interfaces or asymmetrical lines or a shower of single-function buttons--and we're kind of in love with it for that reason.
The Rogue's been mainstreamed, in the right ways, with a more crisp outline and a much more refined cabin.